Great book but not for beginners,
This review is from: Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life (Hardcover)
Juliano is one of the big names in the raw food world. He specializes in creating unusual raw gourmet food and his book reflects this.
The book starts with an introduction to how the author found his path to raw and health, a bit about what raw food is and why he believes it is the best way to eat. He then goes on to give a brief intorduction to what to stock in your kitchen and equipment needed. this whole introductory section is only 13 pages long and therefore is very brief . More experienced people on the raw food path might understand this introduction better than someone who has just picked up this book as a complete beginner.
The recipes themselves range from the very simple to the very complicated (complicated in that they may require soaking time or parts of the recipes are also other recipes from the book). This means some recipes may need a day or two of preparation. This is not a problem but for a beginner it means adjusting how you look at food preparation - coming from a diet where you cook it before you eat it to taking one or two day preparation for soaking and dehydrating. Some of the recipes call for very unusual ingredients - something not easily found in the supermarket or even at the weekend market! It may have been helpful to have a more common substitution put here for people who don't have access to some of this ingredients.
The book has lots of beautiful photographs and is one of those glossy types you really don't want to get spoiled in the kitchen. I found the layout to be bright and colourful - truly a pleasure to look at although some of the writing gets cut off by the binding in places - I think it is a deliberate graphic design thing but to me it's just annoying reading a heading off-centre in bold writing reading "Cookie" with half the "e" cut off and no "s" (p.166). Another example is "Eggpl" on page 237 and I can keep going with this.
I don't recommend this book to a beginner - not unless they already have one or two other more basic books. This one is suited to the intermediate/advanced raw fooder looking for something extra special for a dinner party (especially with other guests who aren't raw vegan). Some of these recipes (and pictures!) are inspiring and I've made more than a few recipes from this book as well as a few that have been inspired by one of these recipes.
With all that said, I give this book 4 stars as even though it is not a beginner's book- there are plenty out there to fill that need and let's face it, we'd all be bored if every book we picked up was aimed with the beginner in mind! For those that wish to give this raw gourmet book a go, I highly recommend it. With a little patience and perseverence, you won't be disappointed with the outcome.